Beautiful job, Paul! The built is tasteful, with some really classy details!
I just wanted to share some photos of my finished bike. This project was a huge thrill for me, and I’m really grateful to all the fine instructors I had at UBI, especially Joseph, Ron, Steve and Dylan. Thanks so much!
(paint by: Bill Davidson)
I finished the build on my UBI bike about a month ago, and wanted to send you some photos. I built it up without paint to get fenders and racks properly mounted, and I am glad that I did it. Getting the right tire reveal with the fenders was a challenge, but the time spent was worth it to get that custom look of tightly wrapped fenders. The front fender and rack were mounted on the rear of the fork for a cleaner look up front. I added a couple of water bottle bosses to the seat stays for the Portland Design Works rear rack, and finish filing on the seat stay lug turned out nice. The bike rides great: it is just the solid touring bike I hoped for. Bike, fenders and racks will be going off to paint soon. I’ll send more photos when it comes back.
Greetings from SF & 835kms later.. (I think that’s ~515 imperial miles) The bike & I made it in yesterday after leaving a week ago, so it’s holding up. It now looks a tad more used than the attached pic.
[Editor's note: Tai is from Australia and rode this bike from Ashland to San Francisco after class, on his way home!]
I wanted this bike to mimic my faux-French randonneuring bike, but with clearance for 26″ x 2″ tires with fenders or knobby 26″ x 2.5″ tires. It has a lot of fork rake (58mm) and long chainstays (44cm), and it’s a super-smooth ride. It’s a very big frame, with just the right amout of flex to climb nice, and the geometry and tires give confidence on fast twisty descents and safety offroad.
It was designed with the lights, racks, and luggage in mind, and the result is a bike that transitions really well from pavement to doubletrack.
After building it, I rode over 2,000 miles on it through the deserts, mountains, and coast highways of Oregon and California.
Building my own bike and riding it around has been an incredible experience.
Here are some pictures of a touring bike I made at the UBI silver brazing class in May of 2010. The steering tube decal is powdered glass melted on a bent brass plate. I used O2 and methane, but I have heard of people using mepp gas. Components: Wheels built by Joe Young Wheels Texas, Chris King headset, Phil Wood hubsets, Shimano Dura Ace downtube shifters, Shimano SLX front and rear derailleurs, 11-32 rear cassette, 22/32/44 front chainrings. The bike has a long wheelbase and I can climb a barn roof in low gear. It rides great and shifts like a dream. I took it to Utica, NY last summer — 500 miles round trip — no problems. I had an auto body shop paint the frame. The decal on the seat tube was made from a stencil I ordered online.
Here are photos of my randonneur bike that I built at UBI Portland this past summer. I rode the bike last week for the Solvang Century. The bike rode great; I’m really pleased with how it all turned out. Thanks again to Ron and Tony for all of their help and guidance, and to the UBI staff for making it a great experience.